Western Express In North Dakota

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Double Barrel 's Comment
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Also, that 40cpm could really turn out to be 30cpm


What the h*ll does that mean?

When I applied with them, they said I would be making 40cpm. When I signed the paperwork, I was making 30cpm.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I appreciate your response even if not quite fair since you have not experienced what I have in trucking

It's quite fair because in fact I've experienced quite a bit more than you have in trucking. You say you have over two years experience but nothing about the things you're posting makes me think you've been out there nearly that long. I mean, like this:

I am somewhat at the mercy of taking all the loads that I can even if it turns out after taxes that I make $200 for the week. On average, when I was doing western regional , I was making less than that weekly.

Seriously? You were making less than $200 a week? You're an experienced driver. Why would you have a problem getting miles if you're a hard-working, safe, and reliable experienced driver? The miles are there. Why aren't you making phone calls to management to make sure you're getting your fair share? If I had proven myself to a company and I wasn't getting the miles the other drivers were getting even after speaking with dispatch numerous times about it I would have been making phone calls to management and it would have been taken care of.

And this whole thing about not being able to get home. Same thing. What's the big fuss? You put in the home time macro and make sure they approve it. At that point you sit back and let them do their thing. If they're not making a reasonable effort to get you home near your home time date then you make a call to management to get it straightened out. No big deal. These are basic everyday issues that you should be able to manage without much difficulty at this point.

Also, that 40cpm could really turn out to be 30cpm

So you're telling me they said they'd start you at 40 cpm but they started you at 30 cpm? You didn't have that 40 cpm number in writing anywhere? Not even in an email or anything? I mean, that kind of stuff should not happen to an experienced driver.

A driver with over two years of experience should not be having regular issues getting miles or getting home. You should know how to work the system well enough by that point. If you've proven yourself to be hard-working and reliable then they should be putting the miles on you or you should be speaking with management. If you've put in home time the proper way and it has been approved then you should have no problem getting home near your home time date or again, you make a call to management. And I say you make calls to management assuming you've already spoken with your dispatcher over the Qualcomm about these issues numerous times so that these conversations have been documented for reference when you're speaking to management about it.

If you had said you had three months experience this would all make perfect sense. Then it would simply be a matter of having to learn how things are done in this industry. But with over two years experience these problems shouldn't exist for you. You should be able to knock out tons of miles, get all of your deliveries done on time, and be able to lobby your way into getting better miles and more home time.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.


Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Trucker Kearsey 's Comment
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Wait a minute. In another post double barrel said it was a sliding pay scale according to trip miles plus per diem. 61 cpm for certain loads under 100 miles I think it was? And rhe cpm went down as the mileage went up.

I get 39.5 cpm. My pay stub says 31.5 cpm but then I get a "travel allowance" that makes up the difference and is not taxed. Is that what is going on?

And to be "fair" it needs to be pointed out you got fired after THREE preventable accidents. You the took the only company willing to hire you and are freaking out about hometime and bashing them. Tell the whole story in a thread. Copy n paste it if you have to. Btw.. as old school pointed out... any of us would be able to drive 2000 miles in four or five days til your home time. You aren't even giving your company a chance.

I find it hard to believe I average 2500 miles a week with 3100 the past two weeks with 5 months solo and you have 2 years and are sitting most of the time I'm guessing it is about attitude and lack of initiative. No one is going to give you anything. You need to earn it. Damaging company property is not going to get you there. Coming to this extremely supportive forum that has given me the tools to be successful and bashing people and acting like a cry baby spoiled brat just pushed my buttons. If you read the forum you will learn how to make great money. I took home FIVE times what you made last week. And it is from knowledge and support from this wonderful group of people.

But keep the negative attitude and keep your pay low and keep from getting home.

Sorry brett... I just got steamed.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

The Captain's Comment
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life is a highway!'s Comment
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So what do you other gentlemen think about what Western Express offered me? Good deal or no deal?

G-Town's Comment
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I think you should ask them what can you expect for weekly mileage, an average. What kind of dedicated account is it, customer? Also I would get the 40 cpm offer in writing before you show up to sign only to have it be something different.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Bill F.'s Comment
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"Not Fair"

Are you twelve?


life is a highway!'s Comment
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Sounds like great advice to me g-town thanks.

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